Past midnight, Chyna Shepard, twenty-six, gazes out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend’s family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Foreman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer,” Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as the...more
yes, i am serious. this is one of THE scariest books i have ever read. i finished it in one night while i was living alone, and i had mascara-stained tears running down my cheeks by the end, i was so terrified.
to clarify, dean koontz is not a "great" writer. in fact, some of his descriptive passages are so bad they nearly threw me off course.
howEVER. the scenario he has laid out in "intensity" feeds off of every human being's worst fears: being trapped, b...more
In a way, this is not entirely typical for Dean Koontz. Don't expect anything supernatural or overly bizarre. It's about a killer and a survivor.
The title holds true to its pace. This book does not slow down once it kicks into high gear. It'll freak you out, and there's...more
I am glad I finished it. But I'm not going to hurry to read another...more
This started out rough. I had to get used to Koontz's writing style, which to me isn't as smooth a read as others. But once the story got going, I was really interested in it.
Chyna Shepherd is trapped in the house as the killer, Mr. Vess, goes on his rampage. She must deal with not only her fear of being found out, but of a lifetime of insecurities brought on by a sorry mother and a troubled childhood. She must overcome these deeply rooted issues if she is to survive the next 24 hours and if she...more
Readers who liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo should like this. The two heroines (Lisbeth in Dragon Tattoo and Chyna in Intensity) were similar in their actions. Chyna chose to fight what seemed impossible. Instead of running and trying to get away (like normal people) she went after him with the barest of weapons. She was resilient, resourceful, brave. She called it reckless caring. In the beginning of the story, Chyna is trying to get away from Edgler a...more
I like the story, believe me...It's interesting. The characters however, are not. I didn't care for any of them...if they lived, if they died, if they hurt or suffered or didn't. They failed to generate any emotions in me. I couldn't bring myself to care about them (other than my own inward mocking at the name 'Chyna'...kept thinking of the WWF (WWE, whatever) wrestle...more
""God fears me."
O título "Intensidade" pode referir-se ao motivo dos acontecimentos, à própria história, às descrições, às sensações, às personagens e ao sentimento provocado no leitor. No livro "Intensidade", na verdade, tudo é intenso.
A história passa-se em vinte quatro horas e tem apenas duas personagens principais. Porém, as duas únicas visões da narrativa que temos nunca se...more
Untouched and alive. Alive, she may be, but untouched, Chyna Shepherd most definitely is not. Chyna is a survivor. From young, faced with the wild, chaotic whims of her mother and the long line of men she seems to use, Chyna has had an unstable, often violent childhood. From drug deals gone south to the casual murder of an elderl...more
Most of the novel consists of Chyna (the protagonist) going on and on about her past,...more
The main character, Chyna Shepherd, has come to Napa Valley with a friend, Laura Templeton, to visit Laura’s family farm. Like me, Chyna finds it difficult to fall asleep in a strange place. So s...more
First of all, this I got in a haste from the library, without really looking at the description of the story or anything else, so I expected a different thing than what I got. My bad. I wasn't disappointed, though, in the first.. 70, 80 pages. It actually got better and better and I had the impression that I'm really going to love...more
He creates vivid pictures and I agreed with one of the group's favorite scenes when Mr. Vess, arms and fingers outstretched is seducing a spider so he can taste and experience its essence and soul. But every scene was treated that way with a lot of description so the re...more
Koontz has a knack for capturing your attention right from the first chapter and never letting go.
One of his best works.
The book starts off amazing, and that is how it continues and finishes. I...more
What's so striking about this suspense novel (and boy does it deser...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more